I think Edes is right, and so's Nomar -- maybe not all the way back to Yaz and Williams, but at least in noting the similarity of the current (remaining) front office's behavior to that of Dan Duquette. As Duquette learned, vilifying everyone on their way out can work for a while, but then it all catches up with you.
As for "John Henry taking a stronger hand" (widely reported) -- well, yeah, I'd think so. The decisions the Sox face over the next five months involve putting hundreds of millions of his dollars at very high risk, one way or another.
They've put together a team that is much less than the sum of its parts, not in terms of character but in terms of distribution of resources. In 2011 they did not have a starting pitcher who ranked in the top 50 in innings pitched, or a corner outfielder who played well enough to be a major league starter, which is not much to show for $100 million. And because their "young" players are 27-28-29, they have to win now (expensive even to try; no guarantees) or really rebuild (which will trash their attendance and business model). Too bad Theo couldn't take the team with him to the NL Central.